STEVENSON RANCH – Two tattered American flags are stuck into the ground near weathered candles and laminated photographs of a smiling deputy sheriff at the corner of Poe Parkway and Stevenson Ranch Parkways. Later tonight, the faint fragrance of cigars probably will waft from the grassy knoll. The cigars will be in tribute to fallen Deputy Hagop “Jake” Kuredjian, gunned down five years ago today as he helped federal officials serve a weapons warrant on the Brooks Circle home of convicted felon James Allen Beck. “The guys will go there privately and honor him,” said Cmdr. Don Rodriguez, Kuredjian’s last commanding officer, who now runs Pitchess Detention Center in Castaic. Beck’s charred remains were found in the ruins of the house the following day. Now, visitors to Brooks Circle can’t tell where normal was turned upside down with tragic results. The lot was cleared and a new home built on the site blends in with its surroundings. Since then, the name Jake Kuredjian has become part of the Santa Clarita Valley fabric. A county park next to Pico Canyon Elementary School is named for him, as is the street leading to J. Michael McGrath Elementary School in Newhall. “Kids don’t seem to notice the street signs, but parents always ask who Deputy Jake was,” said an office worker at the school. Visitors to several local restaurants see his picture because he was a frequent waiter during “Tip A Cop” fundraisers for the Special Olympics. Just six days before his death, he was an escort for the Downed Officer Support Ride, raising money for the families of his fellow first responders. In 2002, riders dedicated themselves to his memory. A memorial station-to-station run done every May was even rerouted to pass his memorial, Rodriguez said. His name is now part of a list of more than 1,400 on a memorial wall in Sacramento and more than 17,100 names engraved on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C. “Jake’s name is on line 22, 15E,” Rodriguez said quickly of the national honor roll. His death also resulted in a policy change for mutual aid warrant service for the Sheriff’s Department. “We didn’t have a policy in place on helping outside agencies serve high risk search warrants,” said Rodriguez. “Now the requesting agency has to submit an operations plan, which we compare against our search warrant checklist to make sure it is tactically sound before we authorize it. “Most of the warrants served now are done by our special weapons team because they are inherently dangerous. You never know the state of mind of the person you’re dealing with, no matter how much intelligence you might have beforehand. If a search doesn’t meet our requirements, we can decline to be involved. They can roll on their own and we’ll stay down the street just in case something happens.” [email protected] (661)257-5252160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesA granite memorial stands in silent reminder of the tragedy that turned the quiet community into a war zone. Those working at the Santa Clarita sheriff’s station might take a moment in a small garden between their building and the courthouse, where 17 rose bushes – one for each year Kuredjian spent on the force – bloom. It was dedicated on Aug. 31, 2002, for Kuredjian and Sgt. Arthur Pelino, who was killed in Gorman in 1978. “We’ll be wearing our Class A long-sleeved uniforms with ties today,” said Sgt. Deborah Miller. “No matter how hot it is. People may not understand, but we know why we’re doing it.” Five years ago, Beck, suspected of impersonating a police officer and in possession of illegal weapons, barricaded himself in his house and fired on approaching officers. As Kuredjian returned fire, a single bullet from Beck’s rifle hit the officer in the face, killing him. During a four-hour standoff, Beck’s house ignited and burned, fueled by tear gas canisters fired into the house in an attempt to flush the suspect out. Firefighters watered down surrounding homes with aerial hoses and neighbors found themselves trapped inside by gunfire from Beck’s arsenal of weapons and return fire from deputies.